ANDRE Klein is General Manager at Warwick Racecourse. In his latest column with the Observer he looks ahead to the Grade 2 Agetur Kingmaker Novices Chase.
We got off to a flying start in 2020 with biggest attendance at Classic Chase Day, one of our feature racedays, since 1994.
That great attendance built on the foundations left by New Year’s Eve, which saw crowds tip over the 8,000 mark at Warwick.
On Saturday, we are looking likely to welcome another decent crowd.
Whatever happens, it will be bigger than last year, which we lost disappointingly as a result of an industry shut down due to a national outbreak of equine influenza.
We are using the opportunity to educate the novice racegoers on the finer details of the sport of racing.
On the day we have a parade of some famous retired horses that have been re-trained to participate in other equine sports.
Gold Cup winner ‘Coneygree’ and the million pound winner, ‘The New One’, are amongst those attending the day.
And then we have David Crosse, the popular Irish jockey running what has become known as Crossie’s Corner where he will be inviting race goers to try out the horse equicizor.
The Kingmaker Novice Chase itself is one of the racing highlights of the season at our track and is used as an indicator for The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse.
Dan Skelton trained ‘Nube Negra’ comes into the race the bookies favourite, but ‘Rouge Vif’ and ‘Precious Cargo’ are ones to watch too.
The Chase has been won by some of the best horses of the last decade, and is a pointer for future stardom.
The gates will open at 10.55am, ahead of the first race at 12.55pm.